I saw an episode of Jackpot Bowling on another website and read about the show in the book "The Worst TV Shows Ever' and to me i agree that Jackpot Bowling was one of the worst shows in history. Even though I was a fan of the Saturday telecasts of the PBA Tour with Chris Schenkel, I felt that "Uncle Miltie" was out of place on a bowling show the way Dennis Miller was years later on Monday Night Football.
Originally, Jackpot Bowling was broadcast after the Friday Night Fights. It did well so NBC gave it a full half hour time slot and Berle became the host. The bowling was the main focus of the show, unlike Berle's classic Texaco Star Theatre which dubbed him "Mr. Television" and I thought it took away from the show's focus.
On the positive side, the man who called the nine frame matches went on to greater success as the long-time voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, Chick Hearn. Bowling wasn't his strong suit. Jackpot Bowling was a gutter ball in TV sports.
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